Former Skyview High and Gonzaga University guard Kyle Dranginis inked a contract with SISU Copenhagen of the top league in Denmark last week, beginning his career as a professional basketball player.
Dranginis, 24, left for Copenhagen on Sunday to prepare for the club’s Oct. 3 season opener. But his father, Tim Dranginis, said he doesn’t expect to stay there long. Tim Dranginis said Denmark could serve as a springboard for Kyle to more competitive leagues on the continent.
“The best thing to do is get over there, and then people can see you,” Tim Dranginis said. “A lot of these guys, every year they’re on a different squad in a different country.”
Dranginis averaged 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior at Gonzaga, helping the Bulldogs reach the Sweet 16. He finished his career in Spokane tied for first in school history in career wins (122), and he ranked 15th in the nation last season in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.14).
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He led Skyview to the 2009 state title and a state runner-up finish in 2011 as a senior.
Tim Dranginis said his son didn’t consider a pro career in high school. But after watching Gonzaga teammates establish themselves overseas, he started to chase that dream himself.
“If he can do it until his 30s, he’ll try to do it,” Tim Dranginis said. “He hasn’t shown much interest in coaching, so he’ll take this as far as he can go.”
Dranginis joins Marck Coffin, a Caldwell High and College of Idaho grad, as former Treasure Valley high school players in Europe. Coffin plays for Kapfenberg in Austria.